EVAN WOLFSON, Founder and President
EVAN WOLFSON is the founder and President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, and author of Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry. In 2004, Time magazine named him one of the "100 most influential people in the world," and in 2012, he won the Barnard Medal of Distinction alongside President Barack Obama.
Prior to founding Freedom to Marry in 2003, Wolfson launched the marriage movement as co-counsel in the landmark Hawaii marriage case, Baehr v. Miike. He also contributed to the legal teams in the Vermont case that led to the creation of "civil unions" and Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, which led to marriage in Massachusetts.
Wolfson argued before the Supreme Court in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale and has taught at Columbia Law School as an adjunct professor. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1983, served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, and has taught political philosophy at Harvard College.
Wolfson’s media experience includes appearances on:
- CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Rick’s List, and several appearances on AC360
- ABC’s Nightline Twittercast
- Larry King Live
- The Today Show
- Good Morning America
- Nightline with Ted Koppel
"There’s not a single good reason for denying the freedom to marry to these committed couples... The freedom to marry is something we all can share." - Evan Wolfson on CNN
"You don't win every battle, but the trend, momentum and opportunities are clear. And I certainly would not trade places with my opponents in which direction America is going." - Evan Wolfson on FOX News
"We have the winning formula and we've got momentum... but victory will come only if we seize the moment. Change was never impossible, nor it is inevitable. It is up to all of us to do the work of persuasion and political organizing. There is no marriage without engagement." - Evan Wolfson in The Huffington Post